Wigs and weaves are all the rage right now in Black women’s hairstyles. It’s to the point where if a Black woman wears her natural hair it’s considered to be making a statement. Pause. Hold up. How did this happen? What’s natural is now rebellious? That doesn’t make any sense. Why can’t Black women’s natural hair be widely accepted as beautiful?
The answer is simple: We’ve all been brainwashed. Since birth we’ve been bombarded with images of women on TV and in magazines with straight hair validating their beauty. Within the Black community straight hair is considered to be “good hair.” This dates back to slavery times when enslaved Blacks were trying to assimilate and appease master.
It’s time we go back to the future to long before slavery in the USA, back to when we were Kings and Queens on the Motherland, before our minds were polluted with slave master propaganda. It was a much simpler time back then. Our daughters went to get water from the well. Fathers worked the land and reaped what they sowed. Sons worked with their fathers and played with their brothers and cousins. Mothers reared beautiful children and cooked in the kitchen. And, all of our hair were beautifully nappy, curly and free. We weren’t ashamed of it. We weren’t judged for it. Being natural was so natural, there wasn’t a second thought to African natural hair’s intrinsic beauty.
I’m not saying that women need to be relegated to the kitchen. That’s not the point. The point is we need to reset and deprogram ourselves. Look in the mirror my beautiful Black sister. Know you are an African Queen. And, love yourself for all your natural beauty.